New Delhi: After reports came of people dying while waiting in long queues post demonetisation to deposit, exchange Rs 500, 1000 notes, an insensitive comment made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vinay Sahasrabuddhe saying that people die in ration queues too, has drawn flak from the people.
Sahasrabuddhe, who is the BJP in-charge in Madhya Pradesh, compared these incidents while responding to questions after people lost their lives waiting in queues outside banks, ATMs.
However, giving clarification over his comment, Sahasrabuddhe took to his Twitter account and said, “My comment is being misreported. I said that it is sad that people die in queues, it’s unfortunate and we are sensitive towards it. It is always painful to stand in queues and get your work done. People try different ways to get their work done but this time people have chosen the queue of honesty.”
“People have chosen honesty and are supporting the government. People who know me are aware that I am not an insensitive or irresponsible person and cannot say things like that.”
Saying that the government was not insensitive towards people who are facing a lot of inconvenience, Sahasrabuddhe also asked people to be patient to get their work done at banks, post offices and ATMs.
Prime Minister in his address to the nation on Tuesday had announced that in order to put a menace and crackdown on black money, the government will demonitise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes and they will be replaced by new Rs 500 and Rs 2,0000 notes which will be available in the ATMs from November 11.
However, PM also said that there was no need to panic as people will be able to deposit or exchange banned notes through banks, post offices between November 10 and December 30.